McLeod's Daughters

Season 1 Episode 5

Taking the Reins

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Sep 19, 2001 on The Nine Network
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Episode Summary

Tess's confidence is shaken after she falls from her horse, and she ponders whether she truly belongs at Drovers Run. Meanwhile, Claire makes her toughest decision since Jack's death.

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  • Song

    This was a very good episode! Does anyone know what song you hear during the part where Claire kills Siroco? It is a very beautiful song!

    I just love this serie, it is good written. And has a beautiful countryside of Australia. I would certainly live there wouldn\'t you?? Just magnificant
  • When Sir Rocco, Jacks' horse becomes ill, Clare won't let anyone help her care for him. When Tess finds out why, she tries to get Clare to tell her what happened. It doesn't happen until she has to put the horse down in a tragic scene.moreless

    an episode that had a mixture of 2 basic emotions happiness and sadness.

    Scenes that make you chuckle, like Tess falling off her horse onto her bum, Alex trying to teach her to ride,Tess telling the horse Oscar a joke and feeding him carrots.

    And scenes that make your heart break. Clare walking Sir Rocco up to where she found her father dead to put him down. Tess riding to get to her and then hearing the gunshot. Clare walking slowly down the hill to Tess saying over and over '" I should have checked sooner." Tess and Clare riding slowly back home on Oscar after Clare breaks down over her guilt over Jacks' death.

    A fine episode with haunting music.moreless
Bridie Carter

Bridie Carter

Tess Silverman McLeod

Lisa Chappell

Lisa Chappell

Claire McLeod (Seasons 1-3)

Jessica Napier

Jessica Napier

Becky Howard (Seasons 1-3)

Aaron Jeffery

Aaron Jeffery

Alex Ryan

Myles Pollard

Myles Pollard

Nick Ryan

Sonia Todd

Sonia Todd

Meg Fountain

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Claire (about Sirocco): Fine, Dad... (grabs a rifle) Take him.

    • Claire (about the horse): You just need to get to know each other better.
      Tess: How do I do that?
      Claire: Buy him a drink?
      Tess: So, erhm, horse walks in a pub and the barman says: Why the long face?

    • Tess (to a horse): You like me, I like you. Okay, let's make a deal. Erhm, I don't wanna look like an idiot, erhm, so you gonna have to work with me here. Now, you've heard of the carrot and stick approach, yep? Okay, well erhm, this is the carrot. (holds up the carrot and the horse eats it)

    • Tess (to herself): I have nothing to fear except fear itself. I like big animals, big animals like me. Thank you, thank you God for big animals.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was originally intended to be broadcast on September 12, but was held back a week due to Channel Nine's coverage of the crisis in America [September 11, 2001].